Thursday 30 June 2022

Horror Channel rebrands as Legend

Horror Channel has rebranded and is now Legend. Legend will still be showing classic horror and sc-fi but its eclectic mix of movies and TV series will now broaden out to include more thriller, action, fantasy and suspense titles.

Saturday nights on Legend gets deadly in July, with four Channel premieres - Don Mancini’s criminally entertaining CULT OF CHUCKY, starring Jennifer Tilly and Brad Dourif as the voice of the iconic deadly doll of destruction, Walter Hill’s neo-Western action thriller, EXTREME PREJUDICE, starring Nick Nolte, Paul Aaron’s murderous crime drama DEADLY FORCE, and Richard Fleischer’s epic sword and sorcery fantasy RED SONJA, starring Brigitte Nielsen and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Plus, returns with the channel premieres of Season 4 and FARSCAPE: THE PEACEKEEPER’S WARS, which, following the original series’ cancellation, wraps up the series cliff-hanger with a two-episode conclusion. This Australian-American Sci-Fi TV series, created by Rockne S, O’Bannon, has proved s big hit with LEGEND audiences.

And THE VINTAGE VAULT is back, once again presenting double-bills of classic sci-fi and horror films every Sunday night.

The vault is unlocked on Sunday July 3rd with Terence Fisher’s irresistibly lurid, THE MUMMY (1959), starring Peter Cushing and Christopher. This is paired with 13 GHOSTS, the infectious 1960 supernatural classic, directed by William Castle. Then on Sunday July 10th, we have two of the great British Sci-Fi thrillers, ISLAND OF TERROR, starring Peter Cushing, followed by QUATERMASS AND THE PIT, based on the BBC TV series and directed by Roy Ward Baker.

On Sunday July 17th, the deliciously sinister DR JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE directed by Roy Ward Baker, hits our screens, followed by another of Hammer Film’s greatest hits, the sensually daring COUNTESS DRACULA, starring Ingrid Pitt. Sunday July 24th sees another stylishly impressive Hammer production double-bill, kicking off with BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY’S TOMB, the swan song for director Seth Holt, . This is paired with TWINS OF EVIL, widely recognised as a masterpiece of gothic and erotic horror.

Finally on Sunday July 31st, the satanic cult masterpiece, TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER, is unleashed on the channel. This adaptation of the 1953 novel of by Dennis Wheatley, stars Christopher Lee, Richard Widmark, Honor Blackman and Nastassja Kinski. This is followed by DOOMWATCH, an eco sci-fi thriller based on the 1970s BBC series, starring Ian Bannen and Judy Geeson.

Full film details in transmission order:

From Thurs 30 June @ 18:00 – FARSCAPE: SEASON 4 (2002) *Channel Premiere

Continuing work on his theories of wormhole technology, Crichton ekes out an existence on board Elack - an old, dying Leviathan. The peace is shattered by the intrusion of a female alien, Sikozu, and a squad of Grudek mercenaries intent on harvesting Elack's neural tissue. Crichton fights to save his new home, his struggle hindered by the Grudeks' pet: a vicious and deadly alien canine called the Brindz Hound.

Sat 2 July @ 21:00 – CULT OF CHUCKY (2017) *Channel Premiere

Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica Pierce (Fiona Dourif) is wrongly convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new therapeutic "tool" to facilitate his patients' group sessions — an all-too-familiar "Good Guy" doll — a string of grisly deaths begins to plague the asylum. Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent), Chucky's now-grown-up nemesis, races to Nica's aid. But to save her he'll have to get past Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly), Chucky’s long-ago bride, who will do anything to help her beloved devil doll.

Sat 9 July @ 21:00 – EXTREME PREJUDICE (1986) *Channel Premiere

In a small border town between Texas and Mexico, Jack Benteen has a hard time fighting a drug trafficking ring led by his childhood friend Cash Bailey. Wen the town becomes the battlefield between traffickers and mercenaries, the two former friends will finally settle their differences. One on one, they will duel.

Saturday 16 July @ 21:00 – DEADLY FORCE (1984) *Channel Premiere

Stoney who has been fired from the Los Angeles police force and has parted from his wife. He settles down as a freelance detective in New York but his past comes back to challenge him when a friend calls him for help: his niece has become the 17th victim of a serial killer and the Los Angeles police are at deadlock. Stoney's old colleagues are unhappy about his arrival but Stoney persists, determined to hunt the murderer down.

Sat 23 July @ 21:00 – RED SONJA (1985) *Channel Premiere

The peaceful life of Sonja is shattered when her parents are murdered by Queen Gedren, who rules by terror and carries a talisman with which she can annihilate the planet. Sonja sets out to avenge her parents’ death and is granted extraordinary powers by a mysterious vision. But she must vow never to fall in love with a man unless he is stronger than her.

Sat 30 July @ 13:00 – FARSCAPE: THE PEACEMAKER WARS (2004) *Channel Premiere

In this two-part miniseries John Crichton (Ben Browder) is back. A living starship harbours an ensemble of alien fugitives, including a human astronaut in the wrong place at the wrong time. Add the birth of his new starchild, a half-human with untold secrets, and an enemy race set to destroy and conquer them all, and this can only be the beginning of the end.


Sunday 3 July @ 21:00 – THE MUMMY (1959)

In 1895 Egypt, a team of British archeologists led by John Banning, opens the tomb of Princess Ananka, despite warnings of a death curse which will fall upon any desecrators. Three years later in England, a vengeful Egyptian man arrives and unleashes the living mummy Kharis on the men. This superior Hammer Films production reunites the director, Terence Fisher, with stars Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.

Sunday 3 July @ 22:45 – 13 GHOSTS (1960)

When occultist Dr Plato Zorba leaves a huge ramshackle house to his nephew Cyrus and his impoverished family, they are shocked to find the house is haunted. Their new residence comes complete with Doctor Zorba’s housekeeper, Elaine Zacharides, plus a fortune in buried treasure and twelve horrifying ghosts. However, there is someone in the house who is also looking for the money and is willing to kill for it…

Sunday 10 July @ 21:00 – ISLAND OF TERROR (1966)

A meteor crashes in the desert, leaving behind huge black chunks. While being analysed in a science lab, the crystalline stones are accidentally drenched with water and begin to grow to gargantuan dimensions. A sudden rainstorm further exacerbates the situation, causing the monoliths to grow to hitherto unimagined heights. Can the world be saved by the saline solution which the scientists are hurriedly developing in the lab?

Sunday 10 July @ 22:45 – QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (1967)

An ancient Martian spacecraft is discovered buried in the ground at the site of an extension to the London Underground. Also uncovered nearby are the remains of early human ancestors more than five million years old. Now uncovered the craft begins to exert a malign influence, resurrecting Martian memories and instincts buried deep within the human psyche. Mayhem breaks out on the streets of London as the alien force grows in strength. Can Professor Quatermass (Andrew Keir) and his team save the day?

Sunday 17 July @ 21:00 – DR JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE (1971)

It’s London in the 1800’s and Dr Jekyll is experimenting on newly deceased women, determined to discover an elixir for immortal life. Success enables his spectacular transformation into the beautiful but psychotic Sister Hyde who stalks the dark alleys of Whitechapel for female victims, ensuring continuation of the bloodstained research. With each transformation Sister Hyde becomes the more dominant personality, determined to eventually suppress the frail, ineffectual Dr Jekyll forever.

Sunday 17 July @ 22:55 – COUNTESS DRACULA (1971)

When the aging Countess Elizabeth Bathory (Ingrid Pitt) discovers that bathing in the blood of virgin girls will keep her eternally young and beautiful, she devises a master plan. But Bathory's plan goes awry when she runs out of blood and begins to change back into her former self. What will she do next and who will be able to stop her?

Sunday 24 July @ 21:00 – BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY’S TOMB (1971)

An expedition led by Professor Fuchs (Andrew Keir), finds the cursed tomb of an evil Egyptian princess. He takes her preserved, still-bleeding severed hand – which sports a dazzling ruby ring. Several years later, Fuchs gives the ring to his young daughter Margaret (Valerie Leon), whereupon she begins to take on the malevolent traits of its original wearer.

Sunday 24 July @ 22:55 – TWINS OF EVIL (1971)

After being orphaned, two beautiful identical twins move from Vienna to the village of Karnstein. There they are to live with their Uncle, a fanatical Puritan (Peter Cushing). Nearby, the Count of the village is performing a sacrificial rite which raises his ancestor, the vampire Countess. He turns his attention to the twins. One of them is destined to fall under the castle's spell, but which one?

Sunday 31 July @ 21:00 – TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER (1976)

Henry Beddows (Denholm Elliott) asks occult novelist John Verney (Richard Widmark) to protect his 18 year-old daughter, Catherine (Natasha Kinski), who has attracted the attention of ex-communicated priest Father Michael Rayner (Christopher Lee). Rayner wants Catherine to become the incarnation of one of the crowned princes of Hell, Astaroth. Pitted against black magic, ancient rituals and a clan of Satanists, Verney battles to save the young girl from a diabolical fate.

Sunday 31 July @ 22:50 – DOOMWATCH (1972)

Dr. Del Shaw (Ian Bannen), part of the government's investigative environmental organisation Doomwatch, travels to the island of Balfe to examine the potentially adverse effects of a recent oil spill. The villagers are all suspicious of Shaw, especially the menfolk, who seem to have transformed into near-Neanderthals. After teaming up with a local teacher, Shaw discovers that the transformation of the men is due to a disease called acromegaly.

TV: Sky 148 / Virgin 149 / Freeview 41 / Freesat 137

Tuesday 28 June 2022

COMPETITION: Win Martyrs Lane on DVD

Martyrs Lane DVD - Released from 4th July

And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 2 copies to give away.

FOR A night of haunting dread and claustrophobic terror visit Martyrs Lane if you dare. Acclaimed writer and director Ruth Platt (The Black Forrest) brings the chills in this powerful ghost story starring respected actor Denise Gough (Too Close, Guerrilla), that has been certified fresh with 93% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Now this Shudder Original is set to arrive on UK DVD and digital courtesy of Acorn Media International on 4 July 2022.

Leah (Kiera Thompson – The Emily Atack Show) feels like a stranger in her own home – a large, creaky, old Victorian vicarage where she lives with her distant mother Sarah (Gough) and distracted father Thomas (Steven Cree – Outlaw King, Outlander). Leah’s days are spent tip-toeing the house in isolation, where during the night, the dark empty spaces provide plenty of room for her nightmares to creep in.

One night, Leah is visited by a mysterious young girl in a white dress (Hannah Rae – Carmilla, City of Tiny Lights), who offers her a sense of comfort. In the hope that her shadowy guest might be able to answer some questions about Leah’s absent mother, the two girls begin to play a game. But fun quickly becomes fearsome as Leah realises that her guest holds knowledge that could be incredibly dangerous...

Boasting compelling performances from two young actresses, Platt’s ghostly gothic fairy-tale is a highly atmospheric and breathtakingly evocative exploration of loss, grief, and fear. Conjuring the sense of dread of childhood bad dreams, this unsettling yet deeply moving psychological thriller promises exhilarating anxiety and foreboding fear.

Take a trip down Martyrs Lane for a hauntingly intense cinematic fearfest.

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Tuesday 21 June 2022

Interview with Chris Sivertson, director of Monstrous


Ahead of the UK digital release of his feature film MONSTROUS, writer / director Chris Sivertson talks about the joy of working with Christina Ricci, monstrous inspirations and why horror films are our modern day fairy tales.

What drew you to take the helm on MONSTROUS, given that you usually direct films you’ve either written or co-written?

Christina Ricci was already attached to the script when it came to me so that was a huge draw. I’ve loved her as an actress for decades and have always admired the interesting choices she makes in material. Then I got even more excited when I read the script. I just thought it was a beautiful and emotional story and it clicked perfectly with my sensibilities. I saw pretty clearly what I could bring to it as a filmmaker.

You drew a magnificent performance from Christina Ricci. What was it like directing her?

I had a fantastic time working with Christina. She has extensive experience and is such a great talent. Her instincts about the character were deeply intuitive. It’s an intense role because the material is pretty heavy. And on a practical level it was very demanding because she is essentially in every scene of the movie. It’s a true character study and the character is put through an emotional rollercoaster. Christina is able to delve into deep and dark emotions very quickly and then she’s able to let go of those feelings just as quickly - at least that’s how it seemed from my perspective. That ability of hers made for a very enjoyable working experience. Even when we were dealing with some pretty depressing stuff, her professionalism and wicked sense of humour kept things fun on set. That was important because we had so many logistical challenges in making a pretty ambitious low budget movie during the height of the pandemic. The crew loved her.

You’ve described the film as an emotional fairy-tale. Can you elaborate?

I’ve always loved fairy tales. I started my first movie ‘The Lost’ with a “Once upon a time” title card to make it clear that it doesn’t take place in the real world. I was talking to Kate Dolan (‘You Are Not My Mother’) at FrightFest Glasgow and she said she considered horror movies to be our modern fairy tales and I completely agree. Fairy tales vacillate between being beautiful and horrific. The laws of normal logic don’t apply - it’s the emotional truth to the stories that’s important. That’s what I responded to when I first read the script for Monstrous - the emotional truth of the main character Laura’s journey. There’s a scene where she’s reading Billy Goat’s Gruff to her son before bedtime - and that was the feeling I wanted the whole movie to have - a bedtime story with a very clear emotional arc to it.

What were the challenges of setting a film in the 50s?

The main challenge was figuring out how to create believable 50s sets on our small budget. We spent a lot of time location scouting and found some great places to use. But then it was up to our Production Designer, Mars Feehery, to actually transform them into beautiful 50s sets. There were several points during pre-production where it seemed impossible to pull off what we needed with the money we had, but Mars worked tirelessly to make this a reality. Morgan DeGroff, our Costume Designer, made a lot of the gorgeous outfits that Christina wears by hand. And our cinematographer Senda Bonnet’s work is stunning. The whole team put in so much attention to detail. Being on set once we started shooting felt magical. It was like we were in our own little 1950s fantasy world.

What inspired your monster creation?

The monster first comes out of a pond, so the initial inspiration was water itself and also aquatic creatures - both real and imaginary. Water and liquid were important because the creature is a shape-shifter. It is able to take on different forms out of water. That gave us license to not just have one single monster look, but to create several different looks that the creature could inhabit. We also got to make a movie-within-the-movie that we see parts of on TV - a 50s creature feature in the vein of ‘Creature From the Black Lagoon’, so that movie was a definite influence as well.

You burst on the genre scene with The Lost (2006), your superb adaptation of Jack Ketchum’s crime novel. Do you intend to do any more literary adaptations?

Definitely. Over the past year or so I have adapted some really awesome twisty thrillers written by novelist Adele Parks. I don’t know when those will be made, but Adele is a great writer and I’m excited to see those stories come to life. And years ago I wrote an adaptation of a horror novel written by an author that fans of Jack Ketchum will know well. I’m still hoping that movie will see the light of day eventually, but I can’t say the title right now because certain rights issues need to be worked out again before it can move forward.

You further gained cult fandom with your Lindsay Lohan starring film I Know Who Killed Me. Why do you think that has happened, given its initial negative reception?

It was such a bizarre movie, released by a major studio during the peak of the summer movie season. I consider that one a fairy tale too. We even had Lindsay busting open a Snow White sort of glass coffin at the end of the movie to be reunited with her long lost sister - straight out of a fairy tale. The movie is filled with strange tonal shifts - there’s melodrama, humour and extreme violence - sometimes all within the same scene. I think all of the things that people hated about it when it came out are what some people embrace now. Of course there are plenty of people who still think it’s terrible, and that’s a fair opinion, but I think the fact that it’s so strange has given it a much longer life than anyone expected.

You’re known for your collaborations with Lucky McKee (All Cheerleaders Die). Any plans to work together in the future?

I imagine we will work together in some capacity sooner or later. We always read each other’s scripts and watch various cuts of each other’s movies. We have a couple scripts and stories that we’ve worked on over the years that have yet to be made - including one unfinished project that is more epic in scope than anything we’ve done before.

Is it important to you to remain an indie director?

Not really. Indie productions don’t necessarily offer more creative freedom than studio productions. They definitely can in some cases, but indies can be plagued with all the same politics and interference that studio productions are known for. Studios obviously offer more resources and a larger canvas to work on, so that’s a huge appeal. But indies still tend to be the current place where the more interesting and unexpected material is made - but that’s certainly not always the case.

Finally, what’s next?

As a director, I’m not sure what will happen next. As a writer I have plenty to keep me busy. I’ve had my hands full with writing assignments and I also have my own original scripts that I’m developing - some of which I’ve been toying with for years. It’s kind of nice when an older project that I thought was dead suddenly becomes a possibility again. That’s been happening recently, so we’ll see what the future holds!

MONSTROUS will be released in the UK on Monday 11h July, courtesy of Koch Films. It will be available via Amazon, as well as Sky Store, Virgin Movies, Apple TV / iTunes, Google Play, Rakuten TV and Xbox.

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Monday 6 June 2022

Interview with Layton Eversaul By David Kempf

When did you first become interested in horror movies?

I’ve loved horror from a terribly young age (probably around 6 or 7-years-old), and my parents really didn’t monitor what I watched whatsoever. Growing up in the 1990s, while even the tamest of horror movies would scare me back then I couldn’t help but want to see more. So, I guess you could say that it’s been a life-long obsession.  

What gave you the idea for your channel and getting on YouTube?

Obviously I’m not alone in making retrospective videos, and several other Youtubers definitely inspired and influenced me to start my own channel on the subject, but I’ve also loved behind the scenes documentaries ever since I was a child, which is probably the result of the very nature of VHS, because they would usually stick the bonus content in front of the movie - my parents probably had no idea I was even consuming all this. But, at the core of it, I find the personal experiences from cast and crew, as well as the studio politics aspect endlessly fascinating, and I believe that you can’t truly know the story of how a film was made without exploring these aspects.  

I love the behind the scenes information. How do you research?

My research method has definitely evolved over the years, but it always starts the same: Wikipedia. While Wikipedia is somewhat unreliable and usually ends up leaving out a whole lot of context, it’s a great place to start to help structure my video and find the “bones” of the story. As I move through the paragraphs on Wikipedia I independently research each name and subject that is mentioned through deep Google searches, sometimes finding what I’m looking for in the most obscure places (old blogs, chat boards, galleries, etc.). Once I’ve gone through the information on Wikipedia, and have weeded out any misleading or incorrect statements, I jump over to another basic but valuable resource: IMDb. There, I basically perform the same method, including using the Trivia page. Sometimes if there’s a discrepancy between the two resources, then I have to turn to a third resource (like Box Office Mojo or whatever is appropriate) to reconcile the difference. I also come across quite a bit of interesting information while researching clips and pictures to use in the video, so this always ends up adding the final touches to my script. In some cases, I’ve even had to check out a book from the library, but that’s not as common. After all of my online research is completed, I usually turn to the DVD or Blu-Ray. If there’s an audio commentary then I always listen to that first and take notes, otherwise I take notes from the behind the scenes features.

How did you develop an interest in fantasy/horror?

The earliest movies I remember watching in these genres were 1933’s “King Kong” and the original “Jaws”, but I was also into comic books and comic book movies, especially Batman and Superman, so it was likely a combination of all these early influences. However, there was also this T.V. show on Nickelodeon called “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”, which was a children’s horror anthology show from Canada, and I watched that religiously every Saturday night in the early 90’s.  

Is this a full time job?

Unfortunately not; it’s primarily supplementary income right now. Many of my videos are un-monetized due to copyright claims, and even though my content falls under Fair Use, it’s often not worth it to fight the studios on the matter, although I have before and won. I also have a Patreon account where I receive monthly donations from pledged supporters, which really helps.   

Do you have any plans to make films or write fiction yourself?

Yes, definitely. I’ve been writing novels or scripts since I was twelve-years-old and don’t see that changing anytime soon. As far publishing goes, however, I haven’t worked up the courage to do that quite yet (I’m kind of a perfectionist). To no one’s surprise, I mostly enjoy writing in the horror/fantasy genre, but I have dabbled in literary fiction, as well. I’d say I’ve made more attempts at novel writing than screenwriting, but if I ever write a script worth producing I’d rather direct it myself.  

Why do you think horror and fantasy books remain so popular?

When it comes to horror, everyone likes being scared, and whether they want to admit it or not, everyone has some level of morbid curiosity - we all want a peak behind the curtain of death. Fantasy is raw escapism, like dreaming, and even liberating in some ways. The idea that you can just make up your own world, from top to bottom, and tell a meaningful story within it is far too enticing to ever fall out of popularity. I don’t think either genre, of which there are numerous blends, are going anywhere - they are born from what we are on a primal level and you can’t get rid of that. 

What inspires you?

Seeing someone else’s accomplishment and wondering if I could do it too. I think that’s the very foundation of why I became interested in the world filmmaking. It wasn’t just enough for me to see Oz, I had to meet the Wizard.   

What do you think the difference between American horror and British horror is?

American horror, in its most consumable form, is much more action-focused and bombastic in general, usually packaged as some kind of thrill ride. British horror tends to lean more heavily into atmosphere and mystery-building, an element often left undercooked in U.S. horror. To put it musically, American horror is rock n’ roll and British horror is a string quartet. 

What are your favorite horror books?

As cliched as it is, Stephen King is at the top of my list in horror fiction - I mean, how can he not be? And I’ll be covering plenty of his adaptations on my channel. That being said, Jonathan Mayberry, Dean Koontz, Victor LaValle, and even King’s son, Joe Hill, are really fun reads, as well. I also enjoy reading the classics, Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” and Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” being among my all-time favorites, along with the poetry of Edgar Allen Poe.

What are some of your favorite horror movies?

Oh boy. Just to name a few off the top of my head:

The Thing

The Howling

Let the Right One In

Interview with the Vampire

Hour of the Wolf

The Exorcist

The Exorcist III

Psycho (1960)

An American Werewolf in London

The Prowler


Nosferatu (1922 and 1979)

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Halloween (most of them)

Friday the 13th (even the bad ones)


Deep Red

The Stuff

Killer Klowns form Outer Space

Do you have any advice for folks who want to create a YouTube channel?

First and foremost, be yourself. It sounds simple, but if you are true to yourself and you believe in your own voice, then people will want to watch. Don’t follow trends and don’t pander, and always put quality before quantity. And, lastly, don’t worry about making mistakes, that’s how you learn and grow.    


Do you have any advice for new writers or filmmakers?

Break the rules. 

What is your opinion of the new self-publishing trend?

It’s a fantastic way for independent authors to have their voices heard and to get a seat at the table. I have no idea how this is effecting the publishing companies, but the more writers getting their work out there the better. 

What are your current projects?

As far as videos go, I’m currently working on two: “The Story of Friday the 13th Part II” and, for a change, a martial arts movie, “The Story of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” “Friday the 13th” will probably be out before “Crouching Tiger”. I’ve got so many video ideas and yet so little time. 

As far as my writing is concerned, I’m always bouncing back and forth between a million ideas - some take flight and some don’t. Creatively, I just like to go where the wind takes me.  

Please in your own words, write a paragraph about yourself & your work. 

Layton Eversaul has been creating Youtube film reviews and analysis’s since 2014, as well as in-depth film retrospectives since 2017. While his channel mostly focuses on horror, he has covered a wide variety of cinematic genres, and hopes to provide both entertaining and educational content for those who match his eclectic movie tastes. Layton’s channel continues to evolve as he strives to make each video to a higher standard than the last, and wants his channel to be a resource for those interested in the process and history of filmmaking.

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